KOTA KINABALU, SABAH – Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) President Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has yet again side-stepped the real reason behind his departure from UMNO with a poor excuse, denying that he backstabbed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak while in office.
Sabah’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said Shafie left UMNO and by joining forces with another dissident, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, he (Shafie) had his eyes set on the Deputy Prime Minister’s post after not being able to secure his position as the next Sabah Chief Minister.
“It is not my style to get confrontational but I have to say something. Stop tip toeing around this issue. Let’s call a spade a spade. That was why he chose to leave the party,” he said in a statement here on Tuesday.
Musa said Muhyiddin was sacked in June 2016, together with Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, after a year-long power struggle with the UMNO leadership that eventually failed.
He added Shafie had already struck a deal earlier with the dissidents before he left the following month, adding that it was the trio’s game plan from the beginning.
“To claim that he had placed ‘the future of the nation’ ahead of his friendship with Najib is laughable,” he said.
Musa said Najib did above and beyond for Shafie, helping him become the UMNO Vice President and gave him the important Rural and Regional Development Ministry portfolio – with the hope that he would help Sabah – was squandered by his selfishness and dubious agenda.
“I agree that without Najib’s backing, Shafie would not have achieved the extraordinary opportunity bestowed upon him,” he said.
He said Shafie should exercise a bit of political maturity instead of acting like a school boy by saying he (Musa) was not comfortable with his position as the UMNO Vice President.
“If I was uncomfortable, I would have gone for the post myself. Not only I didn’t go for the VO post VP , I also did not contest for the supreme council post. I did not because of my commitments as the Chief Minister,” he said.
He said Shafie is now leading Parti Warisan Sabah, a party formed with his cronies, who reaped much from projects when he was in office.